Collector Car Bills Pass In States

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has reported on several Collector Car bills that have recently passed in states across the United States.

In June, Louisiana passed a bill (HB 480) that will annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second week in July as “Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation Weekend.” Earlier this year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced these dates to mark the fifth commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American Society. SAN is also working to secure a U.S. Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

In May, legislation (H.F. 3072) was signed into law in Minnesota to allow classic car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides. Under the current system, this status must be designated by the state through a time-consuming amendment to the law. The classic car plate is available to "any motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925 and 1948, and designated as a full classic car because of its fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship, and owned and operated solely as a collector's item. The new law will speed up the process by which Minnesota vehicles can attain classic car status.

In April, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to allow collector vehicles made before 1979 to display historical registration plates from or representing the model year. These plates could be used if the vehicle is being operated to or from a car show or parade and any current registration plate is carried in the vehicle. In Wisconsin, a vehicle is eligible for registration as a collector vehicle if the vehicle is at least 20 years old, has not been altered and is being preserved for its historic interest, or if the vehicle is at least 25 years old and is a certain type of former military vehicle.

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